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Minka Kelly: Early Life, Boyfriends & Career

If you are a fan of the NBC drama series Friday Night Lights, you must know Minka Kelly.

Furthermore, the model turned actress Minka Kelly is a gorgeous woman with fantastic versatility. 

Likewise, you might also know Minka from the DC Universe Titans.

She plays the role of Dawn Granger/ Dove in the 7.6/10 rated fictional series.

The Californian is the only child of the legendary Aerosmith guitarist Rick Dufay.

Minka also appears on the music video of Maroon 5’s hit song One More Night.

Furthermore, the song has about 970 million views on YouTube.

Recently, Minka has come to the news for dating Trevor Noah.

Minka Kelly
Minka Kelly (Source: Dlisted)

This article on Minka Kelly will give you detailed information about her early life, career, relationships, net worth, and much more.

Firstly, let us check some of the quick facts about the stunning actress.

Quick Facts

Real Name Minka Dumont Dufay
Other Names Minka, Minka Kelly
Nicknames Stinka, Stink
Famous For Charlie’s Angels, Drake & Josh
Date of Birth June 24, 1980
Age [calculate_years datestring=”06/24/1980″] Years Old
Place of Birth Los Angeles, California, USA
Current Residence Los Angeles, California, USA
Profession Actress
Active years 2002-Present
Nationality American
Father Rick Dufay
Mother Maureen Dumont Kelly
Siblings Not Available
Marital Status Unmarried
Spouse Not Available
Children Not Available
High School Valley High School, Albuquerque
Other Education New School of Cooking, Culver City, California
Languages English, French, German, Spanish
Religion Christianity
Ethnicity Caucasian
Complexion White
Trademark Cute
Zodiac Sign Cancer
Hobbies Reading books, Watching Movies
Food Habit Non-Vegetarian
Likes Cooking
Favorite Drink Coffee, Vodka
Height In feet: 5ft 5in
In centimeters: 165 cm
Weight In Kilograms: 61 kg
In Pounds: 134 lbs
Breast Size 33 inches
Hips Size 25 inches
Waist Size 32 inches
Body Build Fit
Shoe Size 5 US
Dress Size 4 US
Hair Color Light Brown 
Eye Color Dark Brown
Net Worth $5 million
Merchandise Signed Poster
Social Media Instagram, Twitter, Facebook
Last Updated [current-month], [current-year]

Minka Kelly: Early Life, Education & Family

Minka Dumont Dufay was born in June 24, 1980.

Furthermore, Rick Dufay and Maureen Dumont Kelly are Minka’s parents.

Moreover, Minka’s father, Rick, is a former guitarist of the legendary band Aerosmith, who was in the band from 1981 to 1984.

Likewise, her mother, Maureen, is a former exotic dancer and an actress during her prime days.

Moreover, Maureen is mainly known for her acts in Thirtysomething, Roseanne, and Hell Squad.

Her single mother raised Minka, and they had to suffer in many parts of their lives.

Furthermore, Minka and Maureen moved to various communities before finally migrating to Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Moreover, Maureen had to work various jobs to keep her daughter safe and satisfied.

Most importantly, Minka was already in junior high school when the mother-daughter duo moved to Albuquerque.

A young and beautiful Minka
A young and beautiful Minka

Unfortunately, Maureen is no longer with us as she passed away from colon cancer at 51.

Lets us go back to Minka, the actress is of French, Irish, Dutch, and part Indonesian descent.

Likewise, Kelly graduated from Valley High School in New Mexico.

Most importantly, Minka was nicknamed Stinka by her school friends; later, her nickname evolved and became Stink.

Furthermore, Minka claims her friends still call her by those names, and she adores those nicknames!

Furthermore, in 2015, Kelly graduated from the New School of Cooking situated in Culver City.

Minka Kelly: Age, Height & Weight

Often called Stinka, Kelly is currently [calculate_years datestring=”06/24/1980″] Years Old.

Likewise, the famous actress is 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighs about 61 Kilograms.

Kelly has Dark Brown colored eyes and Light Brown colored hair.

The actress has a body measurement of 33-25-32.

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Minka Kelly: Career

Early Career

Minka’s incredible career has undoubtedly been a great one.

Stinka graduated from high school and wanted to start life as a model.

Kelly was approached by a former Playboy Playmate to become a receptionist in a surgeon’s clinic, but she denied it.

As the surgeon would provide Minka with breast enlargement for her work, Kelly denied the opportunity.

Furthermore, exposure to the medical field helped her attend school to become a surgeon’s assistant.

Likewise, Minka also worked as a scrub technician.

Moreover, she worked for around 4 years in the medical field while auditioning for TV roles and movies.

In 2003, Minka made her acting debut in The Turbo Charged Prelude for 2 Fast 2 Furious, a short introductory video to the Fast & Furious franchise.

Likewise, the actress also made a cameo on Cracking Up.

Furthermore, from 2003 to 2004, Minka appeared in amazing television shows like Drake & Josh, Entourage, and American Dreams.

Moreover, in 2005, Stink was cast in What I Like About You; she got a 3 episode role in the comedy series.

Most importantly, in 2006, Minka acted on Friday Night Lights, an NBC drama series.

She played the role of Lyla Garrity, a cheerleader.

Furthermore, Minka trained with the Pflugerville High School cheerleading squad to prepare the movie.

Most importantly, the actress’s amazing performance was loved by the fans.

Moreover, The New York Times described her performance as heartbreaking as Kelly left the series after the end of the third season.

Likewise, the same year Minka was part of the cast of The Pumpkin Karver, where she played the role of Tammy Boyles.

Additionally, The Pumpkin Karver was a horror slasher film.

Gaining fame

Moreover, Kelly also had a small role in State’s Evidence, starring Douglas Smith and Alexa Vega.

In 2007, Minka was given a chance to play a cameo role in The Kingdom by Peter Berg.

Additionally, Peter and Minka previously worked together in Friday Night Lights.

In 2008, Minka was cast in Body Politic, where she portrayed the role of Francesca Foster.

Furthermore, Kelly was also in the cast of Mad Love, a comedy series.

Additionally, she played the role of Kate in the short-lived CBS series; eventually, she wasn’t picked and was replaced by Sarah Chalke.

Likewise, in 2009, Minka appeared in the final scene of 500: Days of Summer.

She played the role of Autumn, a new love interest for Joseph Gordon-Levitt‘s character.

Moreover, in 2010, Stink was cast on Parenthood, a drama series by NBC, where she appeared in nine episodes.

Kelly’s last appearance in the series was on March 29, 2011.

Most importantly, Minka was named the Sexiest Woman Alive by Esquire magazine.

Likewise, Kelly was part of the Off-Broadway play Love, Loss, and What I Wore, which ran from April 27-29, 2011.

On September 22, 2011, Charlie’s Angels premiered, in which Minka played the role of Eve French.

The series containing 13 episodes was canceled after the 4th episode aired due to negative reviews from the critics and low ratings.

Likewise, Charlie’s Angels ended on November 10, 2011.

Kelly was cast in The Roommate, the 2011 thriller.

Most importantly, Minka played the role of a college freshman in the movie, making over $40 million worldwide.

Likewise, Minka was in the leading role in Searching for Sonny, a mystery-comedy written & directed by Andrew Disney.

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Famous Worldwide

Minka became a globally recognized actress as Searching for Sonny won the award for Best Narrative Feature at the Festivus Film Festival.

Furthermore, in December 2011, Minka joined the USO tour alongside CJCS General Martin Dempsey and other celebrities.

The tour was an eight-day, four-country tour. Minka was joined by Jordin Sparks, Thomas Miles, Sergeant Major Bryan Battaglia, and many more.

In February 2012, Minka modeled in The Heart Truth Red Dress Collection Show in New York Fashion Week.

Furthermore, Kelly wore a red dress designed by Diane von Furstenberg.

Likewise, in June 2012, the actress appeared alongside Adam Levine in the music video for One More Night by Maroon 5.

Moreover, in 2013, Kelly portrayed the role of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis in the historical drama film, The Butler.

Most importantly, the American actress had the main role in Almost Human from 2013 to 2014.

In 2014, Minka played the role of Dena in The World Made Straight.

Likewise, Kelly was part of the cast of Papa: Hemingway in Cuba, where she portrayed the character of Debbie Hunt.

Furthermore, in 2015, Stinka was cast in Away and Back, where she played the role of Ginny.

The same year Stink appeared in the episode: Sizzurp of Man Seeking Woman.

Likewise, in 2016, she appeared in The Path, she played the role of Miranda Frank.

Minka appeared in 4 episodes of the American drama series.

In 2017, directors cast the actress in Naked, a comedy film, and Bull, a legal drama series.

Furthermore, the model was also featured in 3 episodes of Jane the Virgin, where she was cast as Abbey Whitman.

Recent Years

The beautiful actress was also part of the cast squad of Titans; she played the character of Dawn Granger/ Dove.

The DC Universe series released its first episode on October 12, 2018, running smoothly.

Likewise, the series has an IMDb rating of 7.6/10.

Minka on the set of Titans.
Minka Kelly while on the set of Titans.

Moreover, Minka Kelly was cast in Night Hunter as Angie.

Furthermore, Kelly’s next work came in 2019, where she played the role of Maurine Dallas Watkins and Florence Nightingale in Drunk History.

Minka was featured in 2 episodes of the educational comedy series.

Recently, Kelly has been cast in movies and series such as She’s in Portland, Legends of Tomorrow, and Robot Chicken.

On June 25, 2021, Lansky was released; Minka is a part of the cast of the biographical crime drama.

Her upcoming project includes Shady Friend, in which she will be playing the role of Kara.

Furthermore, the actress has been in She Hates Me by Puddle of Mudd and If You C Jordan by Something Corporate.

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Minka Kelly: Relationships 

Some of Minka’s boyfriends

Minka has been in relationships with some well-known celebrities over the years.

Let us view some of the relationships Minka has been during her career.

The actress dated Brian White from 2003 to 2004.

Likewise, it is also speculated that Minka dated John Mayer from 2007 to 2008.

Minka has also dated Chris Evans; their relationship lasted only for a year, split in 2013.

Furthermore, Kelly has also dated The Cabin in The Woods star Jesse Wiliams from 2017 to 2018.

Some of the other actors Minka has dated are Donald Faison, Derek Jeter and Wilmer Valderrama.

In September 2020, Minka amazed the world when US Magazine confirmed that she was dating Trevor Noah.

Likewise, US Magazine also confirmed that the pair were quarantining together during the lockdown due to COVID-19.

The pair were spotted together in September outside Trevor’s apartment.

Unfortunately, the couple called it quits just after a year of dating, in May 2021.

Amazingly, the paparazzi spotted them having lunch again only a few days after the pair announced their breakup.

Trevor Noah walking with Minka.
Trevor Noah and  Minka Kelly were spotted walking together.

Furthermore, Minka and Trevor announced that they were back again in June 2021.

In December 2021, Noah posted a picture of the pair hanging around with a group of his friends to make his relationship public.

Trevor Noah

The famous boyfriend of Minka is a comedian, television host, and writer of South African nationality.

Noah is also famous for his performances on his Loud and Clear tour.

On February 20, 1984, Trevor was born in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Noah is the host of The Daily S, as a news program on Comedy Central.

Furthermore, Noah also was a voice actor in Black Panther, where he gave voice to Griot.

Most importantly, Trevor hosted the 63rd Grammy Awards.

Moreover, Noah will host the Grammy Awards again on January 31, 2022.

The multi-talented television host can speak up to 7 languages: German, Zulu, Afrikaans, Xhosa, English, Tsonga, and Tswana. 

In 2018, Trevor established the Trevor Noah Foundation, a non-profit organization situated in Johannesburg.

Likewise, Noah has written some exciting books over the years; New Memoir is one of the latest ones the comedian has written.

Additionally, it is rated 4.6/5 by Goodreads.

Furthermore, in 2016, Trevor Noah wrote an autobiographical comedy book, Born A Crime rated 4.9/5 by Audible.com.

Most importantly, Noah won the Best Host award in the 2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards.

In 2012, the multi-talented Trevor played the role of Bookie in Mad Buddies, an African comedy movie.

Likewise, Trevor Noah and Minka Kelly make a power couple together.

It was reported that the pair briefly split in May 2021 but they eventually got back together a month later.

We hope their love life remains forever!

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Minka Kelly: Net Worth

Minka Dufay Kelly has an estimated net worth of approximately $5 million.

The model has earned the most revenue through movies, series, and remodeling roles.

Minka Kelly: Social Media Presence

Minka is active on social media sites and often posts pictures of herself and some last memories.

Likewise, The Roommate actress has an Instagram account with around 995k followers.

Furthermore, she also has a Twitter account, with around 290K Followers.

Minka also has a Facebook page, 494K people.

Minka Kelly: Fun Facts

  • Richard Ney is the Oscar-winning grandfather of Minka Melly.
  • Minka didn’t study in a theatre school.
  • She was named the sexiest woman at one point; she was listed in the Hot 100 of Maxim magazine twice.
  • Kelly is a jewelry designer; she collaborated with ABLE to create her line of jewelry collections.
  • Kelly is an active civil rights activist and usually raises her voice through Instagram posts.

Minka Kelly: FAQs

Who is Minka Kelly currently dating?

The actress is currently dating Trevor Noah.

Likewise, Minka and Trevor broke up for a month and started dating again in June 2021.

Was Minka Kelly’s mother a stripper?

Yes, it is true that her mother, Maureen Dumont Kelly, worked as a stripper.

Likewise, due to challenging economic conditions, Maureen had to work as an exotic dancer.

Furthermore, Maureen revived her career by becoming an actor.

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